I had not used an off-the-shelf tool for many years when I ran into iBooks Author. iBooks Author creates multi-touch books for the iPad (and soon the Mac) for distribution via the iBooks store. You and I know multi-touch books by their other name: we call it e-Learning. iBooks Author looks like a desktop publishing layout tool but adds all the good stuff we like in courses: interactions, audio, video and the Internet (via an HTML widget).
So here is a math equation:
A multi-touch iBook + the IPad =??
Did you get it? Yes, the answer is Mobile Learning.
At DevLearn 2013 in Las Vegas, I will be discussing how to add stories to your mobile learning by using iBooks Author. Please join me at the Mobile Learning Stage at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24th. If you come up to me after the session and tell me this article drove you to my session, I will be happy to have you join me for dinner that evening. I'll even buy you a drink. (That's what we call burying the lead!)
This mobile learning site has been made with Mura and the mLearn Bundle that can be downloaded at mobile-elearn.com.
This mobile learning technology was originally introduced at mLearnCon 2013 in San Jose, California. To check out more learning technologies and instructional design tips, review the work of Jim Hicks at professionCube.com